Topics in English

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 290

       Course Name: Topics in English

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

One literature course or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores selected topics in literature, writing, or journalism. Content will vary, with possible focus on single author, group of authors, period of literature or literary theme; or on specific writing format, medium, purpose or audience. EGL 290 may be repeated up to three times on different topics for a maximum of twelve credit hours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will be able to analyze works studied and convey their understanding through oral and written assignments.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A sample outline is presented below.  The outline of topics is, naturally, contingent on course content:

  1. Brief historical and biographical background to the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  2. Hopkins' distinctive prosody:  instress, inscape, sprung rhythm, etc.
  3. Longer poems, shorter lyrics and sonnets
  4. Prose:  diaries, criticism and letters
  5. Hopkins' critics:  nineteenth and twentieth century perspectives

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lecture, discussion, collaborative work, student presentations, and other assignments which foster critical analysis of the subject matter.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand assigned texts.  Additionally, students will discuss and write extensively throughout the course as they analyze primary and secondary source materials.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Materials will be assigned according to the specific course focus.  Primary and secondary sources will be included, as well as selected audio-visual aids, and field experiences, as appropriate.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Participation in class discussion, oral presentations, quizzes, tests, a reading journal, papers and a final examination may typically be included.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.